I recently heard about this new website called “Doctor on Demand“. It’s a site that allows you to “visit” the doctor, from home!! Remember back in the day, when doctors would make house calls? Well, in today’s digital age, they are doing it again…but from their office, to your home. I did some research on the website prior to using it, just to verify that the people you would be talking to, were actually doctors, and I found that they are all certified and practicing professionals. There are also many different things that they offer, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, etc. The “Doctor on Demand” website has even been advertised on Dr. Phil and The Doctors TV Show!!!
So, for my appointment, I went to the “Doctor on Demand” website, and filled out the necessary information that they require prior to your appointment (didn’t even take as long as the millions of pages you have to fill out at a new doctor’s office in person). I was on hold for only about one (1) minute. The doctor started out with the good old “do you allow me to give you the information, etc.” All of the stuff, which I’m sure is necessary for what pertains to the HEPA agreement, etc. Dr. Bailey (who I saw), was very nice, and asked me all of the necessary questions, to go with what I was wanting to know. I’m not used to a doctor actually looking at me any more, and that’s even in the office!! With the ones in the office seeming to be always glued to their computers, etc., it’s as if the doctor’s office has lost it’s friendliness and compassion. I had one doctor that I think looked at me ONCE, and then was glued to his laptop. Ummm…over here!! After that, a new PCP was requested. “Doctor on Demand‘s”, Dr. Bailey never looked away, and even asked permission to go get some extra material. WOW!! – a doctor who actually cares about the patient…that is amazing!!
All in all, I was very happy with the “appointment”, and the information that Dr. Bailey gave me. He even gave me other options to look up and do a little research on my own, before making a decision (this was a call due to medication side effects and not the need for a antibiotic, etc.). It was also great at the beginning of the “appointment”, when I was filling out the necessary information – I was asked what my pharmacy was. That way, if it was needed, a prescription could be called in to the pharmacy I chose. What?? – that would sure make life easier. For the cost of having to drive to the doctor, then to the pharmacy (well, usually home and then back to the pharmacy, since our place takes SOOOOO long), the cost of the “Doctor on Demand” service, actually ends up saving us a lot. Even with our insurance, it’s not much less than what is charged by this site, and then you’re dealing with a doctor that has 4 or 5 appointments at the same time, doesn’t even really ask how your day is going, etc. “Doctor on Demand” did all of that and much more – I would definitely consider using this site again in the future!! It would be perfect for when my son is sick, and 1) I don’t want him to have to get dressed to go to the doctor, and 2) I won’t have to worry about what else is in the waiting room that both of us can contract!
Check out the information below to find out more, and be sure and use my trial code to check it out for yourself!!
Feeling under the weather? Have a medical question? With Doctor on Demand you can video chat with a great U.S. doctor immediately! No more waiting to see a physician. It’s free to sign-up – with no subscription fees.
Only $40 per appointment – same as a co-pay, much less than urgent care or the E.R.
When to Use Doctor on Demand?
– Cold, flu, cough, fever, allergies
– Short term-prescriptions and Rx refills
– Urinary Tract Infections
– Pediatric fever, advice or other issues
– Rashes / bites / skin problems
– Sports Injuries, Athlete’s Foot
– Smoking cessation
– Back pain
– General medical questions, “Should I go in for this or not?”
Doctor on Demand, a technology platform that enables “video visits” between doctors and patients, is finding some traction in 2014.
The San Francisco-based company announced today that it has raised $21 million in new funding. Venrock led the round, while Shasta Ventures and celebrity investor Sir Richard Branson also participated.
The company will use the new funds to expand its service, increase its employee count, and expand its network of 1,400 participating physicians. It will also add new bells and whistles to its core service.
Doctor on Demand physicians can diagnose and write prescriptions. During the video house call, the patient is presented with an e-prescription interface with which she selects her pharmacy. The interface also shows where the pharmacy is located on a map.
Once that’s done, the doctor sends the e-prescription to the pharmacy via an inter-pharmacy computer network called Surescripts, which was built by major pharmacy chains and now connects about 96 percent of the nation’s pharmacies, Jackson says.
The treatment plan is also made available to the patient on the Doctor on Demand mobile or desktop app.
Importantly, Doctor on Demand can be used to send important aftercare information and notifications to the patient. If the doctor puts the patient on a three-day regimen of antibiotics, for example, the physician might tell the Doctor on Demand system to send a note after three days asking the patient if he feels better. If not, the system might prompt the patient to book a new appointment, Jackson explains.
Doctor on Demand is unique in its space in that it doesn’t charge a per-member per-month fee to client companies, Jackson points out. Rather, the companies pay only when their employees use the service.
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